Director & Mentoring Artist
Miriam Nicholls is a performer and teacher of dance, drama and physical theatre who has been based in Mparntwe/Alice Springs since 2006. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, she has worked with dance companies including Cadi McCarthy & Company, Tracks Dance Theatre, Mirramu Dance Company and Buzz Dance Theatre, and taught in schools, community arts projects and artist residencies.
With Incite Arts, she founded SPRUNG Youth Dance, choreographed the full-length works “Graffiti – Make Your Mark” at the Alice Springs Skatepark (2012), “Living on the Line” at the Central Australian Aviation Museum (2013) and toured with the group to the Australian Youth Dance Festival (2012). Miriam was Associate Director on Incite Arts’ “Close to Me” (2011), featuring a cast of over 60 children and adults with disability, and she has performed often with the “stArts with D” Performance Ensemble.
Miriam co-founded Dusty Feet Dance Collective and created work including “Bloodwood” (Darwin Entertainment Centre, 2010), “In the Red” (Short Sweet Dance, Canberra 2012) and the open platform season “Dance Jam” (2010) which grew into site-specific events in the Todd Mall.
Miriam also collaborated with Tracks Dance Company on the opening of the National Regional Arts Conference (2008) and the making of the dance film “To Clay” (2012), which was shown at the Australian Dance Awards in Adelaide. In 2010 Miriam received an Ian Potter Fellowship to work with Asanti Dance Theatre in Ghana, studying West African dance and drumming. Now a mum of three young kids, Miriam is passionate about developing dance for all in the heart of Australia.